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Over the course of 2017 work was underway to expand and redevelop the overall play area, removing the existing paddling pool and replacing it with naturalistic water play features set in a nature-
The project has been designed by award winning landscape architects Davies White Ltd., w with input from Council, from several public consultation events held at The Hawthorns and from children at several local schools. The overall theme of the design is re-
The project received planning consent in early 2017 and construction started soon after, with the playpark opening in late 2017. The new play area is fenced and designated as a dog-
Playground Concept © Davies White Ltd.
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The new play area has been linked to The Hawthorns (where cafe and toilet facilities are located) by a new gravel path of gentler gradient than the previous one path. SCF and other groups have reservations about the use of gravel rather than tarmac for this path and about its gradient, construction quality and suitability. We also wish for better sight lines between the playpark and the Hawthorns. These matters are being discussed with Council and an assessment and snagging works will be carried out in 2018.
As for most development on registered Common land, Council has had to apply to the Government for what is known as Section 38 Consent for the works to be undertaken.
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